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WF girls, boys win region tourney opener
by By DON MONCRIEF, Patriot Sports Editor
Feb 11, 2010 | 455 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Westfield’s girls and boys both won their openers in the Region tournament, which began Tuesday at Georgia Southwestern State University.

The wins put both the Hornets and Lady Hornets into the finals Friday. The girls were slated to take on Deerfield-Windsor while the boys’ opponent was unknown.

The Hornets won their contest over Southland 51-32. They led 20-8 after one and, “pushed out to a 33 to 17 lead (at the half) that gave them a lot of confidence going into the locker room,” said Head Coach Jake Walls.

“The Raiders never got much going on offense as the Hornets stifled their best player, Jose Hernandez, holding him to one point.”

Only one player for Southland reached double figures, Walls added, Wesley Murph, who “continued his hot streak,” Walls said, leading them with 20 points. He also had 12 rebounds in a “dominating” performance.

Evan Grantham also had 12 points, nine of those coming on three-pointers, and two steals, while Wesley Rust had 13 points and three steals.

Rust, he added, guarded Hernandez, who averaged 14 points per game, he said, “really shutting him down.”

As far as the Lady Hornets, they won 53-27. They led 13-9 after one and 27-12 at the break. Their lead was 42-21 after three.

“We played a very good game on both sides of the ball,” said Head Coach Jeff Eubanks. “I was pleased with the effort and execution that the girls had in the game and the mental toughness that they showed. We were real focused with our last two practices in planning for Southland.”

Erin McLure led Westfield in scoring with 11 points. She also had eight rebounds and four steals. Mallory Eubanks had 10 points, along with four rebounds and two steals. Sheldon Hiley also had 10 points, while Haley Way chipped in seven and three assists and Valerie McLure seven points.

“All of our girls played a super defensive game by holding them to 27 points,” Eubanks added.

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